THE County Council has now delivered more than one million items of PPE to organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.
The deliveries have proved vital in helping to ensure that care homes, domiciliary care providers, social care staff, schools, GP surgeries, dentists and other organisations have been able to continue to deliver key services during the pandemic.
Deliveries have been made in response to almost 1,000 requests.
A total of £1.3 million has been spent by the authority’s procurement team in response to Covid-19 to ensure personal protective equipment, food and accommodation is in place for those who need it.
Councillor Karen May, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Transformation and Commissioning said: “The efforts of our procurement team have been simply extraordinary during the pandemic, they have played a huge part in helping keep key services going, by ensuring organisations have all they need to carry on.
“One million items delivered is a milestone we can look back on with real pride. Worcestershire has really pulled together and proved it really is Here 2 Help during this pandemic, and it has been wonderful to see everyone doing what they can.”
Part of the money spent has been used to help create a stockpile which will be available to be used in the response to any local outbreaks or if the supply of PPE is disrupted in the future.
The whole effort has been co-ordinated by the Council’s Procurement Team which has been instrumental in the supply and distribution of essential items during the Coronavirus crisis.
The team have been working alongside other council colleagues and partner organisations such as the NHS.